Every year since 1999 communities around the world have celebrated World Tai Chi and QiGong Day. The goal is to share the beauty and benefits of the practice of these ancient arts. Tai Chi arose in China about 1,200 years ago. In the old days it was practiced mainly as a martial art but also to promote health. Today, study after study extolls the virtues of a Tai Chi practice –stress reduction, pain relief, building strength and balance, mitigating heart disease, increasing creativity—too many to list! As a result interest in Tai Chi is growing rapidly.
Many people take up Tai Chi to relieve the stresses of daily life. Because it is practiced very slowly and in a relaxed manner, Tai Chi brings a sense of wellbeing and peacefulness, while at the same time leaving us with more energy. It is a gentle workout that can be done at any age.
This year, World Tai Chi Day is Saturday, April 25. To celebrate we are offering a special price of $5 for the Thursday, April 23 beginning Tai Chi class which is held from 11:00 to 11:50 a.m. at the MountainView fitness room near the golf Pro Shop. We invite you to come and try Tai Chi! No experience is necessary.
Carol and Ken Emerson are certified black belt instructors with a passion for teaching. They have been teaching Tai Chi in SaddleBrooke for eight years. For more information or to sign up for the April 23 special class, please call 825-9206.